StarLadder has finally confirmed the long-rumored StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor.
Veteran esports tournament organizers, StarLadder, made the official announcement via their website. The tournament will serve as the third Dota 2 Minor of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit.
Just like the previous two Minors, the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor will feature eight (8) teams fighting over a $300,000 prize pool and 120 DPC points on March 7-11 at the Kiev Cybersport Arena in Kiev. More importantly, the winners will advance to the Dota 2 Major, DreamLeague Season 11, where they’ll get a chance to land an even bigger payday and more DPC points.
StarLadder also announced the dates for the Minor qualifiers. It will run from February 7 to February 12, just right after the qualifiers for the Stockholm Major. As of the moment, teams from Europe and North America are battling it out for a chance to play in Stockholm. Nine (9) teams from the CIS, Southeast Asia, China, and South America regions have already qualified for the third Major of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit.
The recently-announced StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor will serve as StarLadder’s third DPC event of the season and will be the first Dota 2 Minor to feature a live audience.
In total, StarLadder have hosted six DPC events. Five of the events have been Minors.
What’s Next after the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor?
As per the official Dota Pro Circuit website, only the Dota 2 Majors scheduled for May 2-12 and June 20-30 are left unannounced.
According to Russian esports personality, Vitalii Nikolaevich ‘v1lat‘ Volochai, the Chongqing Major was the last Dota 2 event not held in Europe. This leaves Epic Esports Events, PGL, DreamHack, and ESL as the only logical organizers left capable of hosting a Dota 2 Major.
PGL already had their chance earlier this season with the Kuala Lumpur Major. DreamHack will have theirs with DreamLeague Season 11. That leaves Epic Esports Events and ESL. But, then again, Valve is not exactly above giving tournament organizers two Dota 2 Majors in a single season.
With that said, Epic Esports Events should get the nod next.
Last season’s EPICENTER XL was one of the best tournaments of the year. There’s very little reason for Valve not to give them another slot this season. Nor should the organizers any reason not to host another Dota 2 Major in Moscow.
Which teams do you think will play at the Starladder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor? Do you think it’ll be just as excited as PGL’s Bucharest Minor? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.